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Elections 2014: ‘Paralysed Force, Gesture Without Motion’

08 October 2014 @ 14:28

Stacy McCain is not very enthusiastic about the November Elections:

Let me say, to begin with, that elections matter. From 2009 (the Doug Hoffman campaign in NY-23) through 2012, nobody argued more strenuously than I did about the importance of winning elections, and nobody covered campaigns with the kind of gonzo fanaticism that I brought to the gig. In the past couple of years, however, it has been very difficult to ignore the evidence that Republicans don’t want my support, and that the GOP Establishment in general is profoundly embarrassed to be associated with conservatives in any way.

What was done during the dishonest and brutal Mississippi primary was definitive in that regard. If ever conservatives needed an argument why they should stay home on Election Day, “Re-Elect Thad Cochran” was it.

The Republican Party reminds me of a Bible verse, which is to say it is “without form and void” (Genesis 1:2).

See, here’s my problem: It’s not just that I remember all the recent backstabbing and sellouts by Mitch McConnell and his GOP Senate cronies, but I also remember the history of Republican Senate majorities under such paragons of conservative leadership as Bob Dole and Trent Lott. I remember how GOP leaders begged and groveled in their vain attempts to retain the “party loyalty” of such stalwarts of Republican principle as Jim Jeffords and Arlen Specter. And then I think one more time about that Mississippi primary, you see, and the way all these things keep adding up in my mind . . .

Well, maybe Mitch McConnell will be Senate Majority Leader next year. Maybe that gives you a raging boner, just thinking about it.

But speaking for myself, “Meh.”

They haven’t done a damned thing to suggest they even care whether I care or not. And I’m pretty sure I don’t care. Do you? Why?

There has been a lively discussion going on in the Comments section of Stacy’s post…

Friend In The Ether and TCOTS contributor Adobe Walls:

Remember during the 2009-2010 period when the Republican house and Senate members were full of vim and vinegar, full of righteous outrage and indignation at what Obama and the massive majority Democratic legislature were doing to this Republic? Remember the anti-Obamacare rallies at the Capital? Remember House leader Boehner casting shame and opprobrium, he even swore a little, at the Democrats for the travesty they were inflicting on our nation the night the house voted for passage of the ACA? What happened to that outrage was it feigned, was it just a bit of theater for us rubes?

After having some time to ponder I’ve determined that all that outrage and indignation was indeed genuine. They just weren’t outraged for the reasons we were. For the majority of Republicans the outrage was that they were excluded from the process. They weren’t indignant that the federal government was taking of the nations healthcare system, they were indignant that they didn’t get a seat at the "stake holders" table when it was decided how the federal government would take over healthcare.

The best we can hope for from a Republican house, senate and White house is a repeat of the 2000-2008 Republican "Caligula" period. Maybe less spending than under Democrats but still higher spending. Under Bush we got more regulations than under Clinton. Is there any reason to believe a new Republican regime would be different?


I think the reality will be that the Statists will retain the majority in the US Senate.

We will have more Republicans in there than Dems, or at least an equal number. But the leadership will only change in name

But with more Republicans, why they could defund Obamacare! Woo hoo!

But you know they won’t even bring it to the floor for a vote.

More Adobe:

The Republicans will move more to the left whether they win or lose. If they lose they’ll say they need to move left in order (see 2012 post mortem) to win next time. When they win they’ll say we can’t govern conservatively or the left will throw us out, this was the excuse they made throughout theBush years. That and all politicians inability to grasp the concept of don’t just do something stand there or better yet don’t just do something undo something.

At least the left has some elements of a governing vision no matter how sick. The Republicans only have a winning vision and when they win they introduce policies that they think will keep them in office.

On the other hand, Ms Evi is dispirited by this kind of talk:

I find it depressing how many conservatives are simply giving up. It did not work well for the Roman Empire.

Jeanette Victoria counters:

They have given up because it clearly doesn’t matter what the public wants or what they vote for. That has been made abundantly clear.

She’s quite right. Voting here is becoming more and more like it is in Democratic Dictatorships: a pretense and a big joke. Those we elect serially disregard us, caving in occasionally to us when the pressure gets too high, but never abandoning their plan to eventually get their way [usually in the dark of night or behind closed doors — the perennial haunts of wretched cowards].

Have I given up?

No, not on saving the idea of The American Republic. We have a duty to fight on — for our Posterity, if nothing else, but this Election does not matter that much.

The GOP waged war on the Right with their sabotages and vile behavior towards conservatives and conservative candidates so that we WILL NOT end up, if the GOP takes the Senate, with any chance of the conservative restoration occurring in the next session — and time is very short before the shackles are closed around our ankles.

The dice have been cast and they have returned snake-eyes.

The monkey-see, monkey-do party have flung their crap at us once again and their Leftist ringmasters and tamers are laughing their arses off at them and us.

If we want to stay in the political fight, we have two choices: band together by taking over several of the Several States or go UKIP.

Even those options, however, do not address the rot at that core of American Society: the Leftist Thinking that has infused every cell of this Culture like a raging cancer.

Let us now sing the Republican Party Theme Song [to the tune of the Anthem Of Oceania]:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;

Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death’s other Kingdom
Remember us—if at all—not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

  1. Lana permalink
    08 October 2014 @ 15:05 15:05

    I don’t believe voting for the Republicans will change anything, nor do I believe the country, as it exists right now, can be saved. And if I lived in MS or KS I would gleefully vote for the Democrat.

  2. Adobe_Walls permalink
    08 October 2014 @ 17:42 17:42

    The point is not to vote for the Democrat because you’re disgusted with the Republicans but rather to vote for who ever is most likely to bring about a “Frank and Open Exchange of Views”.

  3. William Scales permalink
    09 October 2014 @ 13:04 13:04

    Here in Kentucky we are faced with a unique situation concerning the re-election of Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014. I do not believe he will support Matt Bevin for Governor in 2015 or Sen. Rand Paul for President in 2016. This would pose to of a threat to the McConnell machine. The only choice Kentuckians have is to support Alison Grimes, this will insure change for Kentucky.

    Sent from my iPhone


    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      09 October 2014 @ 13:57 13:57

      I think it imperative to vote for the opponent of every member of the GOP Leadership Team, House and Senate, that is up for re-election.

      At the least – as with Cantor – we’ll send a message.

      On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 1:04 PM, The Camp Of The Saints wrote:



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